2018年02月06日

Drivers also wear the protest orange vests

"If I went to tease apples, I would probably have done more. If you say that you have 72 crowns per hour, everybody laughs at you right now, "one of Bus Line’s drivers told his salary, who told his diary only his first name. Milan has added to protest to improve public transport relations mainly because of money. He sat on the wheel of the bus in an orange reflective vest, but also hundreds of others.

Drivers of both urban and regional lines joined the so-called Jablonec challenge. In it, trade unions are demanding changes in the way of awarding public contracts so that the lowest wage of drivers is already enshrined in their conditions. They ask 1.75 times the minimum wage, which is about 100 crowns. "What they are giving us for 320 hours a month is ridiculous. About 19 thousand. I am getting up at three o'clock in the morning and returning at seven o'clock, "said Jixi Vesey of BDS, who has been driving for over forty years.

"But how could younger men go about doing it? They have families, they cannot afford to stay for days at work, just sleep and go home again, "he added. The lack of drivers in the region is also a problem in the eyes of the county councilor for transport Yaroslavl. "By now setting a minimum wage, they will not come. The problem is that there are no apprenticeships, "he told CTK.

There is a strike
According to the drivers themselves, however, the wages are mainly low. "Drivers are lacking, but wonder. The money we are going for, you would look. It is not fun. No young people will come, and we have been doing this business for years, perhaps because we hope to improve, "said another driver in reflective safety vest.

The trade unions, according to the chairman basic trade union organization Bus Line Jixi, are trying to push for the creation of a working group in co-operation with the regions and the government, which would deal with a unified methodology according to which the regions would issue competitions for public bus transport. One of the essential conditions should be to maintain a minimum wage for drivers in tenders. "For example, in the Labem region, the pressure to reduce the transport price led to a fall in drivers' salaries. Many colleagues have already left, others have to manage more work for a lower salary, "explained Chaka, the trade union leader.

Others are satisfied
According to him, the protest by donning orange vests supported four thousand drivers from all over the country. If they do not have to deal with the problem within a month, they are ready to go on strike. There are three carriers in the former district. Since the beginning of this year, passengers have been traveling by the BDS Company. "For example, I'm happy with the job. I also have the money, "explained Martin, employee of the last company, why he did not wear a protest orange vest on Thursday.
  


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